Shaun White seeks lapse to skateboarding in 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics

February 14, 2018 - skateboarding

Shaun White redeemed himself for an contemptible disaster in Sochi’s 2014 Games with a bullion award in a snowboarding halfpipe, knocking out an violent 97.75 in his final run to pass Japan’s Ayumu Hirano. And even yet it’s wholly probable that a 2018 Winter Games will be White’s final (he’ll be 35 come 2022’s Games in Beijing), he wants to go back to his roots for 2020’s Summer Games in Tokyo — as a skateboarder.

Long before White was famous as one of a best snowboarders in U.S. history, he was famous for being a “next large thing” in skateboarding. White was a initial contestant to win both a Winter and Summer X-Games, yet he’s meditative bigger. 136 athletes have competed in both a Summer and Winter Olympics — yet usually 5 have medaled in either. Furthermore, usually Eddie Eagan has medaled in both Games.

White hasn’t competed in X-Games skateboarding given 2011, yet there’s positively precedent. He won in his final skateboard vert competition, and came in second in 2010. Although he is significantly some-more flashy as a snowboarder, he has a talent to contest in skateboarding as well.

Skateboarding was only combined to a Summer Games in 2016, so a timing couldn’t be better.

“It would meant a universe to me to contest in skating,” he pronounced in Pyeongchang, around Rick Maese of The Washington Post. “It’d be great.”

The reason, however, it’s so formidable to contest in both Games is due to a exhausting inlet of Olympic schedules — a plea that White addressed.

“I’ll have to make a tough preference during that point,” he said. “To be during a tip of a diversion of snowboarding and afterwards confirm all of a remarkable to let my competitors have dual years of use on me while we pursue skateboarding … it’s a large decision. It’s a lot to scapegoat to go for something like that so I’m going to make that choice in time.”

With that said, in annoy of his age, White isn’t prepared to give adult on Beijing.

“I’ve kind of, like, found a adore of a competition again,” he said, per The Washington Post. “Through my friends and family and a people who support me. And we was means to mount adult there and broach a opening we gave.”

Even yet a destiny binds a lot of questions, White’s benefaction is clear. He’s a halfpipe snowboarding champion for a third time in 4 Games, a Titanic feat, generally for someone that suffered a heartbreak that he did in Sochi.

More skateboarding ...

› tags: skateboarding /